Mobile Veterinary Clinics
Tiny Red Ants -
Black Widows -Hiding out under chairs BBQs, fence areas etc. these spiders make sloppy webs to ensnare prey and drop on them from above. So look under chairs , bench seats, etc. & inside protected dark places. Spray them & kill them because they cause nasty bites & can even kill cats & small toy breed dogs. Persistent & regular, vigilant application of spider sprays will be successful in eliminating them. Remember to spray or remove egg baskets where ever you find them . Sprays containing pyrethrin products are not toxic to mammals and are safe to use. The newer long acting Pyrethrins in Home Defense and other products are very effective and totally safe once dry. Obviously don’t have your pet out with you while you spray !! Do not store pest products where pets or children have access.
Brown Arizona (Recluse) Spiders -
Dark protected areas like sheds and storage closets can pose a problem for these nasty biters. It is wise for any pet owner to do a complete search of your property to look for any signs of any of these potential threats and then either use an effective safe product from your pest or hardware store. Home Depot is a good source for many of these products most of which are safe around pets (if they are not present when applying them ) once the product dries. Both of our local poisonous spiders can cause necrotizing (gangrene like) bite lesions with nasty localized damage to tissues.
Oh boy it’s that season again. I almost hit one on my motorcycle up by Pinnacle Peak. “Rattlesnake proof” training is available & effective. Several trainers including Partners Dog Training in Cave Creek provide this valuable service. Vaccinate your dog (2 doses 4 weeks apart) followed by a booster each spring. The rattlesnake vaccine is partial protection only and any pet bitten should see a veterinarian immediately.
- Dr. Gregg A Townsley
Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!
1) Phone Calls Are Free -
2) A Little False Knowledge is Dangerous -
3) If You Don’t Know What is Available, Find Out! -
4) Get a Second Opinion If -
5) Don’t Play Worst Case Scenario -
6) Many Conditions Respond to $20.00 Worth of Medicine and a Prescription Diet -
7) If You Allow Your Pet to become obese and under exercised it’s your fault if it cant walk or gets diabetes! -
8) Listen When Your Doctor Talks to You and Take Notes!!!! -
9) Do What The Doctor Tells You!!! -
10) If Things Aren’t Improving Steadily You Must Call Back in for Further Care -
Any time a pet is not improving we go to the next level of care which may mean more blood tests, x-rays, ultra sound, MRI’S or hospitalization. Seeing a specialist might be necessary for optimal results.
- Dr. Gregg A. Townsley
Aaron’s Ark Mobile Veterinary Clinics
Summer & Fall Allergies
Our furry friends are tons of fun but suffer from summer & fall Allergies just like people do except it affects mostly their skin and ears. Although asthma occurs in cats and dogs, 95% of their allergies involve the skin surfaces, especially where the skin is thin (armpits, groin, flanks, between toes, around the eyes and in the ear).
The most common symptoms that pet owners see their pet experiencing from allergies are:
- Licking between the toes especially at the front feet with reddish brown discoloration from the saliva/allergy/infection interface.
- Scratching ears and shaking head or rubbing the face on floor or furniture.
- “Hot Spots” - areas of intense itching with moist discharge.
- Generalized redness of certain skin areas.
- Red bumps (pimples, pustules, papules, etc)
Skin allergies may bring on secondary bacterial skin infections (staph etc.) or yeast infections. These must treated assertively first or alongside the allergy for an appropriate time (sometimes 3-8 weeks!) in order to gain successful control. Your doctor should always check a skin swab to do cytology to differentiate between bacterial and yeast infections. If your veterinarian doesn’t routinely do skin cultures, cytology, fungal cultures, skin biopsies etc. and your pets problem continues, relapses frequently, or gets worse then get a new doctor!!!
Underlying problems that commonly add to or cause skin problems include #1- hypothyroidism, diabetes, Cushings disease, and then certain inherited breed related conditions. Careful examination and history taking should point a good doctor in the right direction. All of these conditions require blood tests and urinalysis to pin point the diagnosis .
I hoped I helped you today!
Aaron’s Ark Mobile Veterinary Clinics